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Journalist Austin Tice Still Missing Six Years after Being Kidnapped in Syria

The U.S. government reportedly still believes he is alive

In August of 2012, journalist and Houston native Austin Tice was taken captive in Syria while returning home from covering the Syrian civil war.

Since then Tice’s parents have tried to keep attention on his case. The U.S. government reportedly still believes he is alive.

Houston photojournalist Austin Tice, missing in Syria since August 2012.

“We know he’s alive. And we’re sure he wants to come. There’s never been any reason we didn’t have the same level of hope and confidence that he will,” said Marc Tice, Austin’s father, in an interview with NBC’s Today show. 

The anniversary of Tice’s disappearance prompted U.S. Senator John Cornyn to release a statement.

“I’m in awe of their perseverance as they continue their relentless push to bring him home,” Cornyn said of Tice’s parents. Cornyn renewed his call for Tice’s release, saying his desire to see him come home was shared by the Trump administration. 

In April, the FBI offered a one million dollar reward for information leading to his return.

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Davis Land

Davis Land

General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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